Hair loss is different from hair loss as the hair will fall as a result of a natural process and the hair that has fallen off will be replaced by new hair. In case of hair loss, this is not the case and you won’t be able to grow new hair on the place where you’ve already lost it, at least not by any natural means.
Hair loss is most often experienced by men than women, but that does not mean that women can’t lose their hair. Fortunately for them, it happens much less often than with men. Hair loss can be caused by a number of different physical and psychological factors, side effects of certain medications, chemotherapy or simply by stress. Another reason why you might be losing your hair can also be genetic. If your family, especially on your father’s side has a history of hair loss, there is a good chance that you will experience it yourself.
Male pattern baldness is the most common type of losing hair. This condition, which is also called androgenic alopecia is most often be recognized by a well-defined pattern in which it acts. It starts above the temples and then progresses toward the crown area of the head, leaving thinned hair everywhere on its path. This type of MPB can even lead to total baldness and is called Hippocratic balding.
The main cause of MPB is the hormone dihydrotestosterone. This hormone is created when the hormone testosterone gets into contact with the enzyme called five-alpha-reductase. DHT then attacks the hair follicles, prevents them from gaining the necessary blood flow and, as a result, they shrink and eventually die off. Because if this, the hair at those places also stops growing.
Propecia is a drug that was developed to combat this problem. It inhibits the 5-a-reductase enzyme and thus prevents it from attaching to testosterone and creating DHT. The drug has been approved by the FDA and has proven to be effective in treating MPB when used continuously, so if you want to stop your hair from receding, you should definitely consider asking your doctor about it.
Another thing that you might find a problem with is that Propecia can take a long time before it starts to show any real effects. In most cases, you will have to wait for two or three weeks before any positive effects appear. During this time, you might experience certain side effects, like decrease in sexual desire, decrease in the semen volume you ejaculate or problems with your erection. Fortunately, these side effects are rare and only about 3-4% of men taking Propecia experience any one of them.
As you can see, Propecia can take away the worry from your mind that you will lose your hair. All you have to do is take it regularly and follow the instructions that your doctor has given you.